Rep­tile hunt in wildlife meadow

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

VOL­UN­TEERS from the Ken­tish Stour Coun­try­side Project headed down to Quest In­ter­na­tional to help the com­pany find out about the rep­tiles liv­ing on its site. The group laid down a num­ber of felt squares around the wildlife meadow in the grounds of the fra­grance fac­tory in Ken­ning­ton Road, Willes­bor­ough, to pro­vide a habi­tat for the crea­tures. Coun­try­side of­fi­cer Matt Hayes, who led the task, said: “The vol­un­teers are all ex­cited about the work and are look­ing for­ward to find­ing out the re­sults.” The vol­un­teers pro­duced a map to show where the squares were laid and it is hoped staff mem­bers will help record the re­sults. The group also de-silted two bays ad­join­ing the Great Stour, which flows through the site, to help keep a shal­low amount of wa­ter in them. They trans­ferred veg­e­ta­tion from a small pond to a larger one to al­low more sun­light into the small pond and en­cour­age ac­tiv­ity in the larger one. Other tasks in­cluded strim­ming newly-planted trees and a spot of rag­wort re­moval and lit­ter­pick­ing. Vol­un­teer work in the Ash­ford area is car­ried out ev­ery Wed­nes­day by the group.

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing or seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion should log on to www.ken­tish­s­tour.org.uk or tele­phone 01233 813307.

Vol­un­teers from the Ken­tish Stour Coun­try­side Project do­ing work at Quest

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